Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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The first major biography of legendary war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, whose life provides a unique and thrilling perspective on world history in an extraordinary time

Martha Gellhorn's heroic career as a reporter brought her to the front lines of virtually every significant international conflict between the Spanish Civil War and the end of the Cold War. The preeminent-and often the only-female correspondent on the scene, she broke new ground for women in the male preserve of journalism. Her wartime dispatches, marked by a passionate desire to expose suffering in its many guises and an inimitable immediacy, rank among the best of the twentieth century.

A deep-seated love of travel complemented this interest in world affairs. From her birth in St. Louis in 1908 to her death in London in 1998, Gellhorn passed through Africa, Cuba, China, and most of the great cities of Europe, recording her experiences in first-rate travel writing and fiction. A tall, glamorous blonde, she made friends easily-among the boldface names that populated her life were Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, and H. G. Wells-but she was as incapable of settling into comfortable long-term relationships as she was of sitting still, and happiness often eluded her despite her professional success. Both of her marriages ended badly-the first, to Ernest Hemingway, publicly so.

Drawn from extensive interviews and with exclusive access to Gellhorn's papers and correspondence, this seminal biography spans half the globe and almost an entire century to offer an exhilarating, intimate portrait of one of the defining women of our times.

 

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Although best known for her work as a war correspondent in the early and mid-20th century, Martha Gellhorn also wrote novels and articles for publications such as the New Republic and Collier's, as ... Read full review

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Contents

A Talking Childhood
11
In Search of a Hero
30
A Little Hungry for a Long Time
43
The Trees Dont Grow Tall Enough
72
To War with the Boys
102
Only Kind People Should Be Kind
129
Flint and Steel
155
The Last Toughness of Youth
182
The Habit of Living
291
The Capital of My Soul
320
Stones on the Heart
345
I Act Therefore I Am
380
The Sin of Unhappiness
400
Sources and Select Bibliography
425
Acknowledgments
437
Books by Martha Gellhorn
441

An Honorable Profession
203
The Pale Empty Color of the Future
231
Nothing with Mirrors
264

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About the author (2007)

Caroline Moorehead is a distinguished biographer, book reviewer, and journalist. Her biographies of Iris Origo and Bertrand Russell were both New York Times Notable Books.She will edit a collection of Gellhorn's letters, to be published by Henry Holt in 2004, and is also writing a book about the international refugee crisis. She lives in London.

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